Humans are inquisitive beings, and we never stop learning. At the Centre for Innovation, we explore learning opportunities from high school until retirement. Our experts use research-based methods to support the development of educational experiences for young adults and lifetime learners. The centre’s unique position is built upon our pedagogical innovation experience and agile media expertise, allowing us to test new learning methods for diverse audiences. By partnering with academic, public and private organisations, we identify unique learning opportunities, build courses and learning platforms and empower individual skill development.
How Lifelong Learning Guides Our work
The centre’s unique position is built upon our pedagogical innovation experience and agile media expertise, allowing us to test new learning methods for diverse audiences. By partnering with academic, public and private organisations, we identify unique learning opportunities, build courses and learning platforms and empower individual skill development.
Within this theme, we have two focus areas:
- Designing a Continuous Curriculum
- Bridging the Learning Gap
Designing a Continuous Curriculum
We work collaboratively with partners in and outside Leiden University to develop unique approaches to lifelong skill development and education. Our research-based approach creates learning opportunities outside of traditional education trajectories. By prioritising unique situations and needs of people, we redesign curricula to be flexible, self-paced and on-demand. In addition, our expertise in platform development and management enables us to rethink administrative pathways and advise on organisational changes necessary to support lifelong learning.
Bridging the Learning Gap
Our holistic approach to learning allows us to find opportunities to educate and explore outside of traditional academic timelines. We look to push the boundaries of education by developing learning experiences for a broad range of educational levels and phases. By building knowledge and skills between established education timelines, we empower learners to make informed decisions about their learning trajectory. Our projects include creating digital guest lectures to introduce 15-year-olds to academic inquiry and culture and creating online simulations of the first year of higher education to guide 16-to-18-year-olds’ course selection and match them with bachelor’s programmes.
Tools and Services
Want to learn more about our work to inspire Lifelong Learning?
People: We work with educators, students, and professionals to encourage skill-based learning and adapt learning to a variety of contexts both within and outside of academic environments.
Process:We identify gaps in the learning path together with organisations and educational institutions. By identifying flexible, creative ways to encourage learning outside of traditional academic trajectories, we build infrastructure that supports organisation-wide learning opportunities in both academia and private or public.
Technology:We work in multidisciplinary teams to meet learning opportunities and solve operational obstacles to professional learning with creative digital solutions.
How we put people first
Our experts are committed to user-centred design. We take a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to identify and solve problems by rethinking ways of working, implementing technology, building applications, running workshops and giving policy advice. By taking a critical eye towards the problem we’re trying to solve, we prioritise user experience throughout every project lifecycle.